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        [?Piramo e Tisbe]. Rondò Nel Lasciarti Amato Bene. Musical manuscript full score. Italian. Ca. 1788

      Oblong folio (320 x 230 mm.). Sewn. [i] (title), 41, [ii] (blank), 4 pp. Notated in ink on 10-stave paper. Ascription: "Der Sig:r Mae:o Angelo Tarchi." Header to title in copyist's hand: "In Pisa nel Primavera dell'Anno 1788 Cantato dall'Celebre Sig:r Pietro Muschietti." "Po I No. 11 [?14]" to lower left corner of title. Various watermarks (three crescents, etc.). Aria of Piramo (soprano castrato). Ten-stave system. Scored for [2] Violini, [2] Oboe, [2] Corni [in F], [2] Viole, voice, unfigured instrumental bass. In F major. A second text underlay has been added in a different hand to several passages (written below the instrumental bass). Incipit: "Ho perduto Ogni mio bene..." Final four pages (one bifolium of different paper; watermark of three crescents) notated in a different hand; apparently added later. Note to upper left corner of first extra page: "Rec:vo antecedente a questo che siegue dovrà posare i in alamire terza min:e, a in elami con sesta e terza min:e." Five-stave systems; scored for [2] Violins, Viola, voice [Piramo?], and unfigured instrumental bass. Recitative modulates from D minor to B-flat major. Text incipit: Eh mio Signore Ciò[?] possibil non è Troppo son gravi Le angustie del mio cor. It is not clear whether this recitative belongs to the same work as the aria; there is no trace of the "recitativo antecedente." Spine and edges of some leaves frayed. An enigmatic item. RISM lists no piece with the same music but several with the same text - arias from Giovanni Battista Borghi's Piramo e Tisbe (libretto by Gaetano Sertor), Filippo Maria Gherardeschi's Artaserse, Giuseppe Giordani's L'Acomate, Nicola Zingarelli's La morte de Cesare, etc. The identification of the character as "Piramo" in the present manuscript points to an opera on the subject of Pyramus and Thisbe, using the same libretto as Borghi's; Tarchi, however, has never been credited with such an opera. In addition, Gino dell'Ira's I teatri di Pisa 1773-1986, which chronicles all operatic performances in the city, mentions neither Tarchi nor any opera on the subject of Pyramus and Thisbe; likewise, the singer Pietro Muschietti is not mentioned. The ascription and note on the Pisa performance to the title of the present manuscript are thus somewhat puzzling. The unusual division of the violas might offer a clue to the authorship of the work upon further research.

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        Horologie- en uurwerkmakers handboek.Nijmegen, widow of J.C. Vieweg and son, 1826. 8vo. With 4 letterpress folding tables, and numerous illustrations and figures on 16 folding plates, lithographed by Guillaume Philidor van den Burggraaf, Brussels. Modern half tanned sheepskin.

      - Saalmink, p. 1788; Tardy, Bibliogr. Mesure du temps, p. 233; WorldCat (9 copies). First edition of a rare Dutch manual on clockwork, by the experienced Groninger clock- and watchmaker Jacob Levi Smit (ca. 1766-1826). The work is divided into 4 parts and a conclusion: the first part treating basic mechanics, the second the calculation and design of clockworks, the third clock music and the fourth sundials; the whole is preceded by an introduction telling the history of the profession. The publisher's preface tell us that Smit passed away on 1 November, just as the main part of the text was being printed.With owner's stamp on half-title. Some faint water stains in the margins of the plates and some occasional spots throughout, but still in good condition. Binding also good, only the spine slightly rubbed.

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        The Works of Samuel Johnson, Ll.D., together with his Life and Notes on The Lives of the Poets by...In Eleven Volumes (incomplete); Debates in Parliament (Two Volumes); and Volume 14 (11 total volumes)

      London: Printed for J. Buckland, and others, 1787-1788. All bindings match: Brown, full leather with gilt tooling around edges of covers and dentils inside cover edges. Spines have lost all traces of lettering and titling. Includes Vol. 1 (1787, with engraved frontispiece, ffep torn out, 602 pp, followed by 15 pp. index and 1 pp. errata, front cover off, rear cover barely holding on); Volume 3 (1787, The Lives of The Most Eminent English Poets continued., 418 pp., both covers attached but with weak hinges BOOKPLATE); Volume 4 (1787, The Lives of The Most Eminent English Poets continued, 637 pp., front cover and ffep off and rear cover on but weak BOOKPLATE); Volume 5 (1787, The Rambler, 3 pp. Contents, errata, 446 pp., cover attached but hinges weak, BOOKPLATE); Volume 6 (1787, Continuation of The Rambler, 3 pp. Contents, 443 pp., covers attached but hinges weak, BOOKPLATE); Volume 8 (1787, The Idler, 3 pp. COntents, 410 pp., covers attached but weak); Volume 9 (1787, The Adventurer (and) Philological Tracts, 2 pp. Contents, 446 pp., covers attached, BOOKPLATE); Volume 11 (1787, Tales and Visions. A History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia (and) Poems (and) Miscellaneous Poems, 4 pp. Contents, 430 pp. followed by 90 pp. of Index and Errata in Index, covers strong VARIANT BOOKPLATE); Volume 12 (1787, printed for John Stockdale, xv, (1), Debates in Parliament, Volume I, 394 pp., covers on, VARIANT BOOKPLATE); Volume 13 (1787), Debates in Parliament, Volume 2, printed for John Stockdale , Contents, References to Speakers, 516 pp., covers on but hinges weak, VARIANT BOOKPLATE); Volume 14 (1788, printed for John Stockdale and G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 4 pp. Preface, 5 pp. Contents, 556 pp., followed by 2 pp. list of New Books printed for John Stockdale, covers on, BOOKPLATE). Heavy set at 20 pounds and will require extra postage. An incomplate but important set. Volumes 1 through 11 (incomplete) were printed in 1787 for J. Buckland, etc. and are titled as being "The Works of Samuel Johnson...in Eleven Volumes." Volumes 12 and 13, also dated 1787, were, however, printed for John Stockdale and titled as "The Works of Samuel Johnson...in Thirteen Volumes." Volume 14, also printed for John Stockdale but dated 1788, is titled, "The Works of Samuel Johnson...in Fourteen Volumes." Presumably, the owner purchased the first 11 volumes as a complete set and then, as subsequent sets were printed more completely, he added to the set. Volumes 12 and 13, as noted on the page following each title page, are Volumes I and II (complete) of the Debates in Parliament. Most of these volumes contain the bookplate of "Richard Curson, jun." and it is presumed that he is the same individual referred to in this text, found in a blogspot relating to Elizabeth Becker Curson (who was born in New York City in 1731): "Elizabeth Becker's final living son, Richard Curson, Jr., was born on 1763 in New York, and fled to Baltimore, in 1777, with his parents. In 1784, he married Elizabeth Moale, had 3 children who lived to maturity, and lived at his parents' home until 1803. Elizabeth had worried about this son Richard for years. He was in ailing health and suffered from a spinal disease since early childhood. In 1787, Elizabeth Becker Curson died and was buried at Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church Cemetery in Baltimore. In 1805, Richard Curson Sr. died and was buried next to his wife. The following year, their son Richard was declared a lunatic by the Chancery Court of Maryland. The custody of his person & property were given to Samuel Vincent, who had administered the estate for the elder Curson and his wife, Elizabeth Becker Curson. Richard Jr. died on June 14, 1808, and was buried next to his parents in Baltimore." Fair only. Text blocks are clean and solid, with uniform aging and all have matching marbled endpapers. Several covers are detached, but all are present. Most have one of two types of Richard Curson, Junior's oval bookplate, as noted in the detailed description. Still an impressive, if incomplete run of these first editions.

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        Le cours du Rhin depuis Worms jus qua Bonn

      Artist: Dezauche/de l Isle JA / G ; date: 1788 - - technic: Copper print; colorit: original colored; condition: Very good; size (in cm): 49 x 63 - description: Map shows the Rhin from Worms to Bonn - vita of the artist: J. A. Dezauche was the successor to Guillaume De L'Isle and Philipe Buache.

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        L'art du distillateur et marchand de liqueurs considérées comme alimens médicamenteux ; avec un mémoire sur les acides natifs du verjus, de l'orange et du citron.

      Paris, Nyon, 1788. ____ Seconde édition, la première en 1779. On y trouve l'histoire de la distillation, des renseignements sur les anciens métiers de vinaigriers, distillateurs, liquoristes, le café, le thé et le chocolat, la confiserie, les eaux-de-vie, la vanille, les sorbets et les crèmes, de nombreuses références critiques sur les auteurs anciens : Machy, Brouault, Hoffman, Geoffroy, etc. Le mémoire sur le verjus, l'orange et le citron, qui est placé à la fin, a sa propre page de titre, datée de 1783. Très petit accroc à une coiffe. Bel exemplaire. Oberlé, Fastes 1096. Vicaire, Biblio. gastronomique 292. *****. 2 volumes in-8. Collation : XVI, 448 pp. / (4), 370, (2), 30, (2) pp. Veau marbré, dos à nerfs orné, tranches rouges. (Reliure de l'époque.).

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        RAGLAN Fitzroy Somerset Lord 1788 1855 General Commander in Chief of the British Forces in the Crimea

      

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        An Account of the slave trade on the coast of Africa

      

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        Einleitung in die Analysis des Unendlichen - in 2 Bänden (von 3 Bänden)

      Berlin Sigismund Friedrich Hesse 1788 - Band 1 und 2. Aus dem Lateinischen übersetzt und mit Anmerkungen und Zusätzen begleitet von Johann Andreas Christian Michelsen, Professor der Mathematik und Physik am vereinigten Berlinischen und Cölnischen Gymnasium. mit Titelvignetten, Schmuckleisten und Schlußvignetten - dt. EA., OLdr. m. Rückenvergoldung und privaten Rückenschildern, Vorsätze aus Kleisterpapier der Zeit, Farbschnitt, XXIV/627 S./2 gefaltetete Tabellen/VIII/578 S./8 Falttafeln mit Figuren. Inhalt 1. Buch: Von den Funktionen, ihrer Auflösung in Faktoren und Entwicklung durch unendliche Reihen: desgleichen die Lehre von den Logarithmen, den Zirkelbögen und ihren Sinus und Tangenten; nebst vielen andern in der Analysis des Unendlichen unentbehrlichen Gegenständen; Inhalt 2. Buch: Die Theorie der krummen Linien, nebst einem Anhange von den Oberflächen - Beide Rückenkanten abgeplatzt und mit Fraßstellen (auch Spiegel, Vor- und Nachsätze), Rückenvergoldung und -titel stellenweise abgerieben. Titel Band 1 fehlt (Autor handschriftlich ergänzt). Rückenkanten besonders Band 1 etwas schadhaft und mit kleinen Lederfehlstellen/vorderer Einbanddeckel Band 2 gelockert, Einbandecken teilweise bestoßen, jeweils Aufkleber und Exlibris (Milanes de Mitolanensis)/Rest eines Exlibris' auf Innenseite Einband, Einträge/Namensüberkritzelungen auf Vorsätzen, jeweils Überklebung auf 2. Vorsatz, innen geringfügig braun-, finger-/stockfleckig, sonst gut erhalten. Sprache: DE [Attributes: First Edition]

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        Miscellaneous tracts.

      8vo., engraved portrait frontispiece, iv + (4) + (9) - 264pp., contemporary calf, spine simply gilt and labelled, upper joint worn but still sound. A very good copy.Publisher: Dublin: printed for the author: by James Mehain.Year: 1788Edition: First edition and very rare outside the usual Irish libraries with copies elsewhere only at BL + Cambridge + Bodleian + Un. of Illinois + Yale (Beinecke). Not in Bradshaw.

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        A Description of all the Bursae Mucosae of the Human Body, their Structure Explained, and Compared with that of the Capsular Ligaments of the Joints, and of those Sacs which line the Cavities of the Thorax and Abdomen...

      Edinburgh: 1788. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Imperial folio. Tall folio (477 x 285mm). 10 engraved plates including four folding (several marginal closed tears without loss), library stamps to title and plates, some spotting and soiling throughout, Birmingham Library bookplate to front pastedown, near-contemporary cloth, rubbed and soiled, some loss to head and foot of spine. ---Garrison-Morton 399.2; Heirs of Hippocrates 1011; NLM/Blake p. 309; Russell 613; Wellcome IV p. 156. - FIRST EDITION. "The first serious study of this subject and the most original anatomical work by the greatest of the Monro dynasty" (Garrison-Morton). "This classic work contains the first full anatomical description of the sacs between the tendons and bones which Albinus had named the bursae mucosae. They are illustrated on ten plates which for explicit clarity and accuracy have not been improved upon" (Heirs of Hippocrates). Of these plates, four are particularly remarkable for having life-sized representations of the arm and leg bones - from finger and toe-tip to shoulder and hip bone. Each of these is constructed from two sheets and as a result, some copies of the work are found with the plates in two parts, and others incomplete. Very Good.

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        Travels from St Petersburg in Russia to Various Parts of Asia

      

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        Catechismus der zeevaartkunde, of vragen en oefeningen over het beschouwende en werkdadige der stuurmanskunst; . Tweede verbeterde en met antwoorden vermeerderde uitgaaf. Groningen, M. Smit, 1846. 8vo. With woodcut vignette on title-page. Original publisher's stiff printed paper wrappers, with at the back an advertisement for 6 other works by Van Cleeff.

      - Bierens de Haan 874; cf. Cat. NHSM, p. 694 (third ed.); Crone Library 844 & 916 (first & third ed.); this edition not in NCC; WorldCat. Very rare second revised and enlarged edition of a schoolbook on navigation in the form of questions and exercises by Jacob van Cleeff (1788-1862), lecturer of mathematics, engineering and navigation at the maritime academy at Groningen known as the Academie Minerva. The work is in this edition enlarged with the answers. The work was meant to be used together with Jan Carel Pilaar's Handleiding tot de beschouwende en werkdadige stuurmanskunst first published in 1831.With owner's inscription on title-page. Spine tattered, last leaves slightly waterstained. A good copy.

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        Enchiridion Historiae Naturalis inserviens, quo termini et delineationes ad Avium, Piscium, Insectorum et Plantarum...

      Halle: Hemmerde and Schwetschke, 1788. Octavo, old stamp on title, in contemporary buff boards. First edition, written as a result of researches made on Cook's second voyage. Forster's manual on biological classification was based on the new species and genera seen by him and his son Georg during their time as naturalists on the voyage (1772-1775), and provided a tantalising thumbnail for the great work of Pacific natural history Forster had been promising to write for almost two decades. The preface discusses their voyage with Cook in detail, and describes how parts of the work were composed while on board Resolution. It was to accommodate the significant expansion of the natural kingdom, and particularly the problems of description and classification arising from antipodean species, that Forster drew up this manual of classification.Rosove notes that the book had some success on the Continent, being approved of in "contemporary French and German scientific circles", and with a French translation appearing two decades later. Indeed, as with many of Forster's works this had a slow-burn: Michael Hoare has argued persuasively that it was only with the 1799 French edition that its impact was properly assessed, not least because that edition was openly addressed to figures like Jussieu and Cuvier (The Tactless Philosopher, p. 220-1). Provenance: Kerssenbrockx (unidentified; oval library stamp on title-page). Minor paper flaw on one leaf, boards slightly rubbed. Very good.

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        The Death of Captain Cook by the Natives of Owhyhee.

      London: C.Cooke, 31 October, 1788. Engraving, 155 x 215 mm (plate size), early hand-colouring. An attractive and rather uncommon version of Webber's death of Captain Cook, newly engraved by William Grainger, with good early hand-colouring. Although in a reduced format, the engraving is neatly executed, and the use of simple colouring is very effective. Grainger is known to have collaborated with the publisher Cooke on many popular works in the late 1780s and 1790s.Known to Beddie from copies in the Mitchell and Dixson collections, it is also held in the National Library of Australia; nonetheless, this popular version of the infamous scene is quite rare. Slight foxing, but very good.

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        Mademoiselle Javotte ouvrage peu moral, écrit par elle-même et publié par une de ses amies.

      à Bicêtre, (Paris), 1788, in 12, de 87pp., demi-maroquin brun XIXe à coins, dos orné, bon exemplaire grand de marges. Rare. Ce curiosa est attribué à l'écrivain français Paul Baret (ou Barret) par le catalogue Paulmy, et par Barbier. La première édition est de 1757. C'est les aventures de Javotte, fille d'un portefaix, qui doit vendre ses charmes pour sortir de la misère.¶ Gay II. 956 "Une note à la main .. dit que l'héroïne du roman vivait à Paris, et qu'elle s'appelait Jeanne Godeau.... de la même famille que Godeau, Antoine, évêque de Vence... fils d'un chapelier de Dreux.... Ce conte facétieux et un peu croustillant de Paul Barett a été réédité par Kistemaeckers à Bruxelles.." - Quérard I. 194 - cat. CCFR (aucun exemplaire) - OCLC (1ex. Brit. Libr. UK, et 2ex. Toronto Canada, aucun aux USA).

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        The Law of Evidence. By the late Lord Chief Baron Gilbert. The Fifth Edition, corrected; With Many Additions; and a Compleat Table to the Whole. Cohen 5055

      The first (and only 18th century) American edition of the classic early work on the law of evidence, truly a pioneering treatise which went far to create evidence as a separate field of legal study and provide it with its theoretical underpinnings. Contemporary sheep, crimson morocco label, gilt, rubbed, definite browning and some staining, corners of two leaves torn away (no text affected); crisp. Re-Printed and Sold by Joseph Crukshank in Market-Street [etc.], Philadelphia, 1788.

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         La Chasse au Fusil ... en deux parties, contenant: ... des recherches sur les armes de trait usitées pour la chasse avant l'invention des armes à feu; savoir l'Arc et l'Arbalète: un détail de tout ce qui concerne la fabrication des Canons de fusil ... avec les marques de canonniers ... des instructions pour parvenir à bien tirer.... les différentes espèces de gibier... la manière de dresser les chiens de plaine; les ruses dont on peut se servir pour approcher certains oiseaux...

      Paris, Imprimerie de Monsieur, 1788, in 8°, de XVI-582pp. 5ff., ill. de 9 planches gravées h.t. dont 6 d'arbalètes et 3 se dépl., demi-veau brun époque, dos orné, p. de t. rouge, bon exemplaire. Edition originale. ¶ « Ce livre est non seulement le premier ouvrage français consacré exclusivement au fusil de chasse et la chasse à tir, mais c'est aussi le premier traité de chasse qui consacre une étude importante à la Sauvagine » Thiébaud 622. Un supplément a paru en 1791.

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        [Recueil de 12 brochures rares sur les droits des protestants en France.]

      . ____ - [RABAUT SAINT ETIENNE]. Anecdotes de la vie d'Ambroise Borely ou le vieux cevenois protestant retiré et mort à Londres âgé de 103 ans sept mois quatre jours. 1788. 96 pp. Réimpression du "Triomphe de l'intolérance, ou Anecdotes de la vie d'Ambroise Borely" parue en 1779. C'est une sort de conte philosophique, dans lequel Rabaut Saint Etienne fait passer son personnage dans toutes les épreuves qu'une exécution stricte des Edits antiprotestants lui imposait. - Réflexions impartiales d'un philantrope, sur la situation présente des protestans, et sur les moyens de la changer. 1787. 58 pp. Texte rare, qui est resté anonyme et auquel répondit une "Lettre d'un bon catholique, en réponse aux Réflexions impartiales d'un philantrope, sur la situation présente des Protestans..." - [ROBERT DE SAINT-VINCENT]. Du 7 février 1787. Aux chambres assemblées. Un des messieurs, conseiller de grand-chambre, a dit. 57 pp. (in-12). Sur les moyens de donner un état civil aux protestans. "Nous ne cesserons de solliciter pour obtenir en faveur des Protestans ce qu'ils peuvent espérer de la justice & de la bonté du roi". - Edit du Roi concernant ceux qui ne font pas profession de la Religion catholique. ... Suivi d'un éclaircissement abrégé, historique sur les causes de la Révocation de l'Edit de Nantes & sur l'état des protestants en France. Fauche, Neufchatel 1787. 15, (1), 47 pp. "Les intentions bienfaisantes & religieuses qui ont déterminé Louis XIV à révoquer l'Edit de Nantes, ont été cruellement trompées." - Remontrances du Parlement de Paris, concernant les non-catholiques, arrêtées les 18 janvier 1788. 1788. 47 pp. - Questions intéressantes sur l'édit du mois de novembre 1787 concernant les non-catholiques de France. 10 pp. - [VINCENT]. Lettre d'un ministre réfugié à quelques protestants français de ses amis, au sujet de l'Edit du Roi, concernant les non-catholiques. (Nimes ?, 1788 ?). 28 pp. Note à la plume sur le titre : "Présent de l'auteur, Mr. Vincent, pasteur de l'église protestante de Nimes." Non retrouvé dans à la BNF et au Ccfr. - Réflexion sur la question de savoir si les protestants peuvent être électeurs & éligibles pour les Etats-Généraux. 12 pp. - Lettre de M. C. avocat à Villefranche... les calvinistes doivent-ils être admis aux Etats Généraux comme députés ou doivent-ils en être exclus. 8 pp. (1789, in-12) - Principes généraux des protestants de la confession d'Augsbourg et leur incompatibilité avec la constitution civile du clergé. (1790). 38 pp. - DOUGLAS LOVEDAY. Pétition à la chambre des députés par M. Douglas Loveday anglais et protestant; se plaignant du rapt de séduction opéré sur ses deux filles et sur sa nièce dans une maison d'éducation où il les avait placées à Paris, et où l'on a abusé de la crédulité de ces jeunes personnes, à l'aide de terreurs superstitieuses, d'obsessions et de faux miracles, pour les convertir subitement au catholicisme, en l'absence, à l'insu et contre le voeu de leurs parents. Paris, Baudouin,1821. 20 pp. Manque à la coiffe inférieure, mais exemplaire frais et bien relié. *****. In-8. Collation : Demi-basane brune, dos orné, étiquette de titre rouge. (Reliure du début du XIXe.).

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        The Book of Common Prayer

      

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        OMELIE E LETTERE PASTORALI DI MONSIGNORE FR. ADEODATO TURCHI VESCOVO DI PARMA E CONTE EC..

      ex Regio Typographeo / Stamperia Reale, 1788. In-4 p. (mm. 285x190), 3 voll., p. pelle coeva (restauri per manc.), sottili cornici e motivi floreali in oro ai piatti, dorso a cordoni con ricca decoraz. e tit. oro su tassello, tagli dorati. Introdotta da 3 titoli generali, questa importante raccolta contiene 49 opuscoli (ognuno col suo titolo e adorno di uno stemma) così suddivisi: 26 omelie - 2 lettere - 14 indulti - 2 editti - 1 giubileo - 1 pastorale - 2 notificazioni - 1 circolare. Il primo opuscolo è un'"Epistola" nella quale si legge: "Datum Romae.. xxI Septembris, Anno MDCCLXXXVIII"; l'ultimo è l'"Indulto.. per la Quaresima" dell'Anno MDCCCII. Vol. I°: cc. 230 (complessive) - Vol. II°: cc. 269 - Vol. III°: cc. 136. Inoltre, in questa edizione, sono stati aggiunti 4 opuscoli: "Orazioni funebri e discorso sul segreto politico. Opere di Monsignor Turchi, Vescovo di Parma"", Parma, co' caratteri de' F.lli Amoretti, 1796, cc. 91 (complessive). Le orazioni funebri sono: In morte dell'Imperatrice Maria Teresa, composta l'anno 1781 - In morte di Elisabetta Farnese, regina delle Spagne, recitata l'anno 1766 - In morte dell'Infante Don Filippo Duca di Parma ec., recitata l'anno 1766. L'esemplare citato dal Brooks,882bis contiene solo 49 opuscoli e porta, su tutti i titoli "Parmae, ex Regio Typographeo". Nel ns. è solo sul primo, i restanti 48 sono della "Stamperia Reale". "L'A., Fra Adeodato Turchi, dell'Ordine dei Cappuccini (1724-1803) fu predicatore famoso alla corte di Parma (1768), precettore dei Reali Infanti e confessore della famiglia reale; dal 1788 vescovo di Parma". Così Diz. Treccani,XII, p. 455. Fresco esemplare, ben conservato. Su richiesta possiamo fornire l'elenco dettagliato degli opuscoli.

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        Ueber den Umgang mit Menschen. In zwey Theilen....

      Hannover: Schmidt, 1788. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Zwei Teile in einem Band. 8vo (153 x 97 mm). 2 Bl., VIII S., 6 Bl., 270 S.; 8 Bl., 336 S. Gesamttitelblatt mit gestochener Vignette, Titelblatt zu Teil 2, jeweils ohne das weisse Blatt am Ende von Teil 1. Halbledereinband der Zeit (berieben, Rücken mit kleinen Ausbrücken am Kopf und Einriss am Fuss, Ecken etwas bestossen) mit Rückenvergoldung und goldgeprägtem Rückenschild, Rotschnitt, Innendeckel mit Bundpapierbezug. Text wenig gebräunt, wie üblich etwas stockfleckig (der zweite Teil insgesamt weniger betroffen). Provenienz: Freies Vorsatz mit Namenszug "A. Weland" (1833) und "F. Jeep" (1889). Insgesamt schönes Exemplar in originalem, unrestaurierten Einband der Zeit. ----Goedeke IV/1, 615, 14; Borst 578; Kat. Wolfenbüttel 148; Knigge 25.001; NDB XII, 185. - Seltene erste Ausgabe. "Das bedeutendste gesellschaftsethische Werk des ausgehenden 18. Jh." (NDB XII, 185). Knigges zu sprichwörtlicher Berühmtheit gelangtes Buch will praktische Lebensklugheit vermitteln. Er selber sah in seinem Werk einen Leitfaden für das sich emanzipierende Bürgertum. In seiner humanitären Zielsetzung und seiner starken Betonung des ethischen Lebensprinzips ist es eines der wichtigsten aufklärerischen Schriften und zugleich Spiegel der gesellschaftlichen und politischen Zustände in der zweiten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts. Offensichtlich hatte Knigges Verleger Schmidt in Hannover den zu erwartenden Absatz sehr zurückhaltend eingeschätzt und eine nur sehr kleine Auflage gedruckt. Noch bevor die Nachdrucker reagieren konnten, wurde schon im gleichen Jahr eine zweite Auflage nötig. Dieser folgten die Raubdrucke von 1789. Die erste ist die einzige der rechtmässigen Auflagen, die zeitgenössisch nicht nachgedruckt wurde. Die neuen Auflagen, Nachdrucke und Umarbeitungen bis in unsere Tage sind ungezählt. Very Good....

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        Da Asia de Joáo Barros e de Diogo de Couto, Nova Edição...

      Lisbon: Regia Officina Typographica, 1788. 24 volumes, duodecimo, with four portraits and five folding maps; contemporary blonde speckled calf. This extensive set is a fundamental travel book, and the basis for any history of Portuguese exploration. This is the first collected edition of the "Decades" of João de Barros and Diogo de Couto, chronicling the first Portuguese discoveries in Asia, as well as Africa and Brazil. Its twenty-four volumes contain an extraordinary wealth of detail regarding the Portuguese in the East Indies and elsewhere in the New World. An idea of its significance may be gained simply by glancing at the many indexes to the various volumes of Donald Lach's majestic Asia in the Making of Europe, all of which contain multiple extensive references to Barros's work.The Portuguese historian and civil servant Barros had equipped an expedition to the Amazon, but its failure brought him to the verge of poverty. His mercantile ambitions destroyed, Barros retreated into the sanctuary of historical studies. Written at the instigation of the king, Barros first published Décadas da Asia in the middle of the sixteenth century, and it is still regarded as one of the supreme accounts of European exploration and colonisation, and famously includes work on Magellan and his discoveries in the Americas. The first volume, Asia de Ioam de Barros, was published in 1552, and the subsequent volumes of his work in 1555, 1563 and 1615. The authenticity of the fourth, published much later, has been questioned. Its vigour and scope are such that it is one of the founding works of Portuguese literature. It was continued by Diogo de Couto, royal historiographer to Phillip II, whose work is generally more critical. Couto not only furthers Barros's original discussion, but also expands on the arguments for the decline of Portuguese influence in the east.The first eight volumes of this set consist of the four original Décadas; volume nine is a life of Barros by Manoel Severin de Faria together with an index; the remaining fourteen volumes comprise all of Couto's ensuing books, the last volume an index. A fine crisp set.

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        Le souterrain, ou Matilde

      Chez Théophile Barrois. New edition, rare, after the first French translation published in 1786 by De La Marre the English novel: the Recess, or a tale of --other time (1785) .Demi sheepskin brunette vintage corners. Back tooled raised fillets. Part of title tan morocco. Head cover frayed. Cap tail largely missing. A slot at the bottom. Corners bumped. The top slot at the top jaw. Modest binding.A like the Castle of Otranto Walpole, Underground is one of the first gothic novel, not yet inhabited revenue and stereotypes that exhaust the genre itself, but it already contains all the ingredients that will make Success: spleen, melancholy, fear, decor castle and abbey ruins, secrets lurking on obscure birth. This novel sign above the superiority of the English romantic fiction, and a frame and a much more mature and supplied than was The Castle of Otranto novel writing. Two sisters live in the underground of a castle, the novel gradually deploy the discovery of this strange situation. We read in the historical, literary and anecdotal memories from the correspondence of Diderot and Grimm "is the story of a daughter of Mary and the Duke of Norfolk, a romantic incidents tissues, sad improbable, but whose sequence has yet indescribable charm that can attach readers who like this kind of work. " --- Please note that the translation in english is done automatically, we apologize if the formulas are inaccurate. Contact us for any information! Chez Théophile Barrois à Paris 1788 Fort in-12 (9x16,5cm) vij (1) 227pp. ; (4) 175pp. ; (4) 226pp. relié

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        Programma inaugurale in quo peculiarem differentialia investigandi rationem ex theoria functionum deducit.

      Helmstadt: J. H. Kühlin, 1788. An important Gauss manuscript, signed and dated 1800. With Gauss's autograph signature and two geometrical diagrams on front endpaper, and a 12-line mathematical proof in his hand on rear endpaper. Gauss's own personal copy of the inaugural dissertation of Johann Friedrich Pfaff, who supervised Gauss's doctoral thesis and was a close personal friend. This is an important Gauss manuscript, signed and dated 1800 by him, and with a mathematical calculation in his hand relating to orbital mechanics, performed at a time when Gauss was deeply involved in the calculation of the orbit of the minor planet Ceres (see below). "In 1801 the creativity of the previous years was reflected in two extraordinary achievements, the Disquisitiones arithmeticae and the calculation of the orbit of the newly discovered planet Ceres" (DSB). Gauss studied at the Brunswick Collegium Carolinum from 1792 to 1795, and then at the University of Göttingen from 1795 to 1798 (where he formed an intimate friendship with Wolfgang Bolyai), supported throughout by a stipend from the Duke of Brunswick. He returned to his parents in Brunswick on 28 September 1798, where he continued to work alone and without access to a good library. The situation changed with a visit to nearby Helmstedt in October: "I have been in Helmstedt and found a very good reception with Pfaff as well as with the custodian of the library. Pfaff came up to my expectations. He shows the unmistakable sign of the genius, of not leaving a matter until he has dug it out as far as possible" (Gauss to Wolfgang Bolyai, 29 November 1798). Pfaff became the supervisor of Gauss's doctoral thesis, Demonstratio nova theorematis, omnem functionem algebraicam rationalem integram unius vaiabilis in factores reales primi vel secundi gradus resolvi posse, which provided the first rigorous proof of the fundamental theorem of algebra. A doctorate from the University of Helmstedt was conferred upon him on 16 July 1799. "About the middle of December 1799, Gauss returned to Helmstedt again in order to use its library. He was cordially received by the librarian Bruns, as well as by the professor of mathematics Johann Friedrich Pfaff (1765-1825), whose acquaintance Gauss had already made during his stay in Helmstedt in October, 1798. Gauss rented a room in Pfaff's home and furnished it himself, but studied so strenuously and incessantly that the others in the house saw him for only a few hours in the evening. He and Pfaff would then take walks "to the spring and to Harpke." The topics of conversation were usually mathematical in nature" (Dunnington, p. 35). In a letter of 16 December 1799 to Bolyai, Gauss wrote: "I am staying here at Professor Pfaff's whom I esteem as an excellent geometer as well as a good man and my warm friend; a man of an innocent and childlike character, without any of the violent emotions which so dishonor a man and are so widespread among scholars." Gauss returned to Brunswick the following spring, evidently taking with him the present copy of Pfaff's dissertation. The discovery of Ceres on New Year's Day 1801 by Joseph Piazzi was reported in the June issue of Monatliche Correspondenz zur Beföde rderung Erd- und Himmelskunde. The astronomers of Europe raced to observe the new planet for themselves, but without success. Piazzi's detailed observations were finally published in the September issue of Monatliche Correspondenz, which reached Gauss in Brunswick. He immediately began working on the determination of the orbit, temporarily putting aside his mathematical researches. He solved the problem some time in November 1801. The following January, Olbers rediscovered the planet, its position agreeing exactly with Gauss's predicted orbit. "The discovery of the planet Ceres introduced Gauss to the world as a theoretical astronomer of the highest order... It was Piazzi's discovery which gave Gauss the opportunity of revealing, in most impressive form, his remarkable mathematical superiority over all his contemporaries" (Dunnington, pp. 55-6). The mathematical calculations performed by Gauss at the rear of the present volume are difficult to interpret precisely - they were intended only for Gauss himself so naturally detailed explanations were unnecessary. They are titled Determinatur curva per aequationem inter radios vectores...," the determination of curves by equations given in polar coordinates (in modern terminology). Moreover, the calculations bear a close resemblance to some of those eventually published in his Theoria motus corporum coelestium (1809), the mature expression of his work on the calculation of planetary orbits. Together with the dating of the manuscript, the conclusion is inescapable that we have here an early expression of Gauss's thoughts on the determination of orbits, the topic which first brought his genius to the attention of the wider scientific world. As the son of a family serving the government of Württemberg, Pfaff went to the Hohe Karlsschule in Stuttgart at the age of nine, completing his legal studies there in the fall of 1785. On the basis of mathematical knowledge that he acquired by himself, Pfaff soon progressed to reading Euler's Introductio in analysin infinitorum. In the fall of 1785, at the urging of Karl Eugen, the duke of Wurttemberg, he began a journey to increase his scientific knowledge. He remained at the University of Göttingen for about two years, studying mathematics with A. G. Kaestner and physics with G. C. Lichtenberg. In the summer of 1787 he travelled to Berlin, in order to improve his skill in practical astronomy with J. E. Bode. Through the recommendation of Lichtenberg, in 1788 Pfaff was appointed full professor of mathematics at the University of Helmstedt as a replacement for Georg Simon Klügel, who had been called to Halle. New professors at Helmstedt traditionally presented an inaugural essay, printed in the present volume. It deals with the differentials of functions which satisfy functional equations, which provides a new approach to the calculus of logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions. Pfaff presented his most important mathematical achievement, the theory of Pfaffian forms, in Methodus generalis, aequationes differentiarum partialium, necnon aequationes differentiales vulgares, utrasque primi ordinis, inter quotcunque variabiles, complete integrandi, which he submitted to the Abhandlungen der Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften Berlin (1814-1815, pp. 76-136). Despite receiving an exceedingly favourable review by Gauss, its importance was not appreciated until 1827, when it appeared with a paper by Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, Über Pfaff's Methode, eine gewohnliche lineare Differentialgleichung zwischen 2 n Variabeln durch ein System von n Gleichungen zu integrieren (Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik, Bd. 2, pp. 347-357). Pfaff's Methodus constituted the starting point of a basic theory of integration of partial differential equations which, through the work of Jacobi, Sophus Lie and Elie Cartan, has developed into the modern theory of exterior differential systems. The present volume is from the personal library of Gauss. It was sold as a duplicate in 1951 by the Göttingen State and University Library, at which time it passed into private hands. VD18 10608788. Pfaff's dissertation is rare: KVK locates copies at National Library of Scotland, Staadtsbibliothek Berlin, Göttingen, Tübingen and Wolfenbüttel only. G. W. Dunnington, J. Gray & F.-E. Dohse, Gauss: Titan of Science, Mathematical Association of America, 2004. 4to (207 x 170 mm), pp [1-3] 4-26, in contemporary plain wrappers, title with ink stamp 'Gauss-Bibliothek'.

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         Les Jésuites chassés de la Maçonnerie et leur poignard brisé par les Maçons. (I- la Maçonnerie écossaise comparée avec les trois professions et le secret des Templiers du 14° siècle. II- Mêmeté des quatre v?ux de la compagnie de S. Ignace et des quatre grades de la Maçonnerie de S. Jean).

      Orient de Londres, 1788, 2 parties in 12, de 4ff.-4pp.-134pp. & 4ff.-172pp., 1 planche emblématique gravée h.t. de N. Ransonnette représentant "le poignard des Jésuites retrouvé dans les ténèbres", rel en 2 vol. cart. papier marbré bleu moderne genre ancien, derniers ff. du 2e vol. rognés en marge sinon bon exemplaire bien complet de la gravure qui manque souvent. (ex-libris Den Danske Store Landsloges Arkiv og Bibliothek) Rarissime ouvrage maçonnique, certainement l'un des plus rares, car en grande partie détruit. En effet, La Mère Loge Ecossaise fut tellement irritée par cet ouvrage qu'elle le brûla le 13 juin 1788. L'auteur y accuse ouvertement les Jésuites d'être les fameux Supérieurs Inconnus et ceci à grand renfort de preuves numérologiques et cryptographiques très curieuses. Transportés en Ecosse par Marie Stuart, les "Adonhiramites" profitèrent des troubles du règne de Charles Ier pour s'infiltrer en Angleterre et dans toute l'Europe. La restauration des Stuart fut bien le règne des Jésuites et ce fut de leur 7° collège "d'Hérodon" que sortit la condamnation de Charles Ier d'Angleterre et de Louis XVI, ainsi que le démontre savamment Grasset d'Orcet dans son étude détaillée de la planche emblématique (cf. "le pacte de famine" in Revue Britannique, Nov. 1890). Ce dernier pense d'ailleurs que l'auteur de cet ouvrage ne serait pas Nicolas de Bonneville mais bien plutôt le fameux Abbé Sicard bienfaiteur des sourds-muets. D'ailleurs l'abbé Le Franc dans la "conjuration contre la religion catholique et les Souverains" distingue très nettement le Bonneville président du cercle social de l'auteur des "Jésuites chassés de la maçonnerie...". Les 2 parties de cet ouvrage sont suivies de la réimpression du très rare texte de Samuel Prichard "Masonry dissected..." présenté comme "le plus ancien Rituel des loges maçonniques en Angleterre", et que la Grande Loge de Londres en 1783 avait refusé de publier. ¶ Fesch col.177, Wolfstieg n°34-808 - Dorbon 5490 - cf. Grasset d'Orcet "le pacte de famine" in Matériaux cryptographiques, P. B.Allieu 1979.

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        CUSTUMALE ROFFENSE, From the Original Manuscript in the Archives of the Dean and Chapter of Rochester: To which are added. Memorials of that Cathedral Church; and some Account of the Remains of Churches, Chapels, Chantries, etc. Whose Instruments of Foundation, and Endowment, are for the most part contained in the Registrum Roffense; with divers curious pieces of Ecclesiastical Antiquity, Hitherto unnoticed, in the said Diocese. The whole intended as a Supplement to that Work. Illustrated with Copper Plates, from accurate Drawings; Taken principally under the Editor's Inspection.

      iv, 266 pages. Engraved portrait frontispiece, engraved title page vignette and 56 engraved plates, some folding. Early twentieth century half calf, gilt over marbled boards. All edges gilt. Folio. First edition. Bookplate of Walter Henry James [2nd Baron Northbourne (25 March 1846 - 27 January 1923), a British peer and Liberal politician] to front pastedown and one other to free endpaper; name of Philip Rogers to endpaper, the well-known Kent author; else a very good, clean and handsome copy. One of the rarest and most difficult titles to find as the remaining stock was largely destroyed by a fire at John Nichols's printing works and warehouse during the night of the eighth of February, 1808.

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        Réflexions sur la formation et la distribution des richesses....

      [Paris?]: [publisher unknown], 1788. 1st Edition. Soft cover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. 8vo (220 x 133 mm). [5] 6-136 pp. Uncut in contemporary paper wrappers. Leaves carefully cleaned, some minor remaining spotting and marginal finger soiling, a few leaves with paper repairs of tears to blank fore-margin, pp. 39/40 with repaired tear to upper corner just touching page numbers. Still a very good, unmarked and untrimmed copy. ----Einaudi 5772; En francais dans le texte 165 (citing the work's publication in the Ephemerides); Goldsmiths' 13536; Kress B.1506. RARE FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. Turgot's principal work, first published in 1769-70 in the Ephemerides du citoyen, was addressed to two young Chinamen who, "having been brought to France and educated by the Jesuits, were then sent back to Canton with a royal annuity and the task of maintaining a correspondence on the state of literature and science in China." (Palgrave III, 592). The work is divided into a hundred sections tracing the existence of commmerce to the unequal distribution of land, the diversity of the soil in fitness for production, the multiplicity of human needs, and the advantages of the division of labour. It was read by and had considerable influence upon Adam Smith, and was one of the most important economic texts to be published before Wealth of Nations. Première édition séparée mis à part le très petit nombre d'exemplaires réservés à l'auteur, extrait des Éphémérides du citoyen (1770). Écrit en nov. 1766, il fut d'abord publié en 1769 dans les tomes XI et XII de ce périodique. Édition définitive. Turgot l'a débarrassée des quelques ajouts par trop physiocratiques du trop bien intentionné Dupont de Nemours, qui figuraient dans les Éphémérides du citoyen. Principal ouvrage de Turgot qualifié ''l'un des plus grands économistes scientifiques de tous les temps'' (Schumpeter). Il aborde en cent chapitres diverses questions relatives à la culture, la production, les capitaux, le commerce, la spéculation, les intérêts, etc. Les Réflexions, d'inspiration apparemment physiocratique, n'en sont pas moins profondément originales. Plus développées, elles eussent constitué, a-t-on dit, le ''grand traité d'économie politique de leur temps.'' On n'est pas loin aujourd'hui de les considérer comme telles, et Schumpeter n'hésite pas à les égaler à la Richesse des Nations d'Adam Smith qu'elles surpassent même à ses yeux quant à la structure théorique. (Jean Viardot, En Français dans le texte). Very Good....

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        Méchanique Analitique....

      Paris: chez la Veuve Desaint, 1788. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. 4to (257 x 197 mm). xii, 512 pp., including the half title. Later half speckled sheepskin over marbled boards, spine decorated in blind and with gilt-lettered morocco label (rebacked, extremities lightly worn), without the first free endpaper. Interior clean with only little browning and very minor occasional spotting, tiny hole in pp. 449/50 and 471/72 (affecting one page numeral), faint old oval stamp to p.11. Provenance: Ticket of Galloway & Porter Ltd., Cambridge to front pastedown. A fine copy of this important work. ----Dibner 112; Horblit 61; Norman 1257; Sparrow 120; Honeyman 1880; En Francais dans le texte 179. - FIRST EDITION OF LAGRANGE'S FOUNDATION WORK ON ANALYTICAL MECHANICS. Lagrange's masterpiece was an extension on Newton's work on mechanics. In it he moulded theoretical mechanics into a system from which fundamental equations describing the motions of any systems of bodies could be derived. To achieve this Lagrange combined the principle of virtual velocities with d'Alembert's principle. He thereby set down the principle of virtual velocities as applied to mechanics. In his preface, Lagrange draws attention to the absence of diagrams in the book, which he believed the lucidity of his own presentation had rendered superfluous. "With the appearance of the Mechanique Analitique in 1788, Lagrange proposed to reduce the theory of mechanics and the art of solving problems in that field to general formulas, the mere development of which would yield all the equations necessary for the solution of every problem... [it] united and presented from a single point of view the various principles of mechanics, demonstrated their connection and mutual dependence, and made it possible to judge their validity and scope" (DSB). Very Good....

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        Sacred to Cook's immortal name...

      London: circa, 1788. Engraved view with poem, 195 x 105 mm., laid down on card. Rare Cook engraving, with commemorative poem, after a drawing by Thomas Stothard (1755-1834). Stothard was elected to the Royal Academy in 1794 and often collaborated with William Blake, although the present engraving is by T. Cook.Coxhead, who wrote the standard monograph on Stothard, gives a tentative date of 1788 and described it as a 'frontispiece of allegorical character, showing a bust of Captain Cook, round which are three naked cupids, and a figure, holding a scroll, pointing to a temple of fame' (A.C. Coxhead, Thomas Stothard, R.A., p. 168).Beddie knew three copies of the print, all in the Dixson collection of the State Library of New South Wales, and she gives the image the nominal title 'Philosophy inviting Youth to the heights of science: allegorical representation with bust of Cook.' A copy of the image is also known in the Nan Kivell collection at the National Library of Australia.

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        Mémoires de Sully, principal ministre de Henri-Le-Grand

      Chez Jean François Bastien. New editionBinders in full sheepskin brown granite. Back with nerves decorated. Parts of titles and volume numbers in red morocco. 4 corners bumped. Friction. A brown spot in the upper tail dish of volume I. Chez Jean François Bastien A Paris 1788 In-8 (12,5x20cm) xviij, 528pp. et (4) 631pp. et (4) 606pp. et (4) 634pp. et (4) 397pp. et (4) 383pp. 6 tomes en 6 volumes reliés

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        Relacion del último viage al Estrecho de Magallanes de la fragata de S.M. Santa María de la Cabeza en los años de 1785 y 1786...

      Madrid: Ibarra, 1788. Quarto, with an engraved portrait of Magellan as frontispiece, four fine large folding maps and four folding tables; contemporary sprinkled calf, sides bordered in gilt. First edition of the first comprehensive study and the best early description of Patagonia and the Strait of Magellan, then as now an area of strategic and navigational significance. Vargas y Ponce's book gives the official account of the expedition by Antonio de Córdoba on the frigate Santa Maria de la Cabeza, sailing from Cádiz in 1785 with the specific aim of exploring parts of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, and of determining whether it was preferable to enter the Pacific by way of the Strait of Magellan or by way of Cape Horn. The large folding maps, fine and detailed, are based on observations made during the voyage.Córdoba's exploration of the Strait of Magellan is accompanied here by Vargas y Ponce's summary of the early explorations of the area, mainly from an examination of original manuscripts in the Spanish archives. He discusses various means of navigating the Strait, with detailed sailing instructions, and describes the climate, indigenous peoples and natural history of the region.An Appendix published five years later, and sometimes found bound with the main work, gave an account of a subsequent voyage to the area by Córdoba. A handsome copy.

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        The Life of Captain James Cook.

      Basle, J.J. Tourneisen, & Paris: Pissot, 1788. Two volumes, octavo; contemporary French ex-libris (A. Fr. Miot) and with the nice green label of a 19th-century New Orleans bookseller; contemporary French sprinkled calf, First continental edition of the great life of Cook: this is the scarce second issue, and probably the rarest of any of the editions of this important book. In this issue the title-page has been re-set to include the Paris imprint, and is therefore the first easily available edition for French readers. Much scarcer than the Basle only issue (published by Tourneisen alone), Holmes knew of it only from a doubtful entry in Jackson's catalogue Centenaire de la mort de Cook (Paris, 1879). Some light browning, a little worn at corners, neat repairs to extremities of spine.

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        The Children's Miscellany. . . . Ornamented with a Frontispiece.

      First edition. London: Printed for John Stockdale, 1788. 12mo, contemporary red quarter paper spine, marbled paper sides, gilt lettering. Frontis. Half-title present. 13 pages of publisher's terminal advertisements. A collection of eleven stories for children, probably compiled by the publisher John Stockdale, beginning with the first appearance in print of Thomas Day's History of Little Jack and concluding with Peter Longueville's History of Philip Quarll, both unsigned. Osborne states that Little Jack was first published in 1787, but there is no record (ESTC, NUC, OCLC, NCBEL, etc.) of an earlier edition. The History of Little Jack, reprinted countless times, is a classic example of an early instructional tale for children. Little Jack, a foundling, makes his way through a difficult life, joins the navy and travels to Africa and India and returns to a prosperous life in England. It concludes with: "An useful lesson may be thus learned from Little Jack; if our conduct be sober and honest, if we firmly and steadily persevere, without yielding to weakness and lamentation . . . we are likely to obtain a comfortable condition here . . . and may entertain the best founded hopes of perfect happiness in the future." This is the earliest miscellany of literature for children listed in Osborne. Two copies are recorded in ABPC in the past 60 years: in 1970 and 1975. Edges a little rubbed, but overall an unusually fine copy.

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        Voyage Philosophique au Japon, ou Conférences Anglo-Franco-Bataves.

      "Pressure" (Paris?): Dans les Jardins de M. l'Ebahi, 1788. Octavo, half-title, woodcut vignette of a ship setting sail at start of text; neat modern quarter calf. First edition: a very scarce anonymous imaginary voyage and a satirical commentary on French politics and society which has decadent Europeans (led by Monsieur l'Ebahi "Mister Flabbergasted") discussing the government and people of Japan.The preface makes it clear that this is not to be regarded as excessively serious. Having studied works as diverse as Xerxes, Leucippe, the ancient priests of Egypt and the Gymnosophists of India, the author decides that the greatest philosopher is Democritus, and that the only useful skill to be acquired is to be unfailingly amused by the foibles of mankind. This position is confirmed in his conference with the Englishman "Thincker" and the Dutchman from Batavia "Wurtzheim." Throughout the mores of Japan and Asia are used as a thin veil through which to satirise French society just before the Revolution.This is a rather scarce work indeed, with just a handful of copies recorded in Britain and Europe. A good copy.

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        NOUVELLE HISTOIRE D'ANGLETERRE. Depuis Les Premiers Periodes, Jusqu'au Temps Present. Sur un Plan Recommandé par Le Comte De Chesterfiled. Enrichi de Figures en Taille douce, soigneusement gravées d'aprés le desseins de Mr. Wale. Traduit de l'Anglois du Rev. Mr. Cooper, par Le S. L. B. St. Amand.

      xii, [13], 14-208 pages. Engraved frontispiece and five other full-page engraved plates. Recently rebound in half red sheep over marbled boards, retaining original endpapers. First French edition (published in London). Frontispiece has some light colouring; last page a little soiled; short tear in front endpaper; the odd mark here & there; else a very good copy. Rare. Roscoe J85, notes two copies only (possibly one and the same) and calls for only five plates ( the above copy has six).

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        Astronomical Observations made in the Voyages... in the Southern Hemisphere... by Order of the Commissioners of Longitude...

      London: printed by C. Buckton, sold by P. Elmsley, 1788. Quarto, with two large folding engraved maps; a very good copy in later calf. The first major scientific publication based on Cook's first voyage, and the first publication of observations made on the Endeavour. The book is almost never seen on the open market. Such scientific rather than narrative publications were intended for a very small contemporary readership, helping to explain their present-day rarity. Included are two exceptionally important large charts of the Australian and New Zealand coasts, improved from those originally included in Hawkesworth's publication of the first voyage. The work includes substantial contributions: four separate sections print the variations of the compass observed by Cook and his three immediate predecessors, Byron on the Dolphin; Wallis on the same vessel; Carteret on the Swallow; and by Cook on the Endeavour. There is, besides, a section on astronomical observations made by Harrison, the purser for Samuel Wallis; and another on those made by Green, Cook and Clerke on the Endeavour. There are also two important sections of "Deductions from the Observations" of Wallis and Cook, as well as the "Meteorological Observations" of the Transit of Venus made by Green on Tahiti in 1769.Both maps were engraved by the experienced artist James Basire, best known for his engraved portrait of Captain Cook, with the addition of significant technical information. The first is 'A Chart of the Eastern Coast of New Holland, Discovered and Explored in 1770, By Captain James Cook, Commander of His Majesty's Bark, Endeavour', shows the entire coastline from Point Hicks in the south to the very tip of Cape York, enhanced with the detailed track of the Endeavour. The reef on which they grounded is annotated 'On This ledge the Ship lay 23 hours', and many of their observations are also marked. The second map is entitled 'A Chart of New Zealand, explored by Captain James Cook in 1769 and 1770 in His Majesty's Bark the Endeavour', shows both islands with the track of the Endeavour.William Wales, a veteran of Cook's second voyage, prepared the book while he was serving as master of the Royal Mathematical School in Christ's Hospital. He comments that the original papers were given to him as early as April 1778, but 'owing to the imperfect state that [first voyage astronomer] Mr. Green's papers were left in at his death... I laid the work aside.' Wales is more complimentary about the work of Harrison, the purser for Samuel Wallis on the Dolphin, the more so, he writes, because his work was completed without 'the advantage of a Nautical Almanac.' Wales had not only assisted Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne in the publication of the famous almanacs, but had earlier contributed to the two volumes of astronomical observations from Cook's second and third voyages.The first major work of astronomy to study New Holland and New Zealand, collating observations made by Cook, Clerke and Green on the Endeavour, it is one of a highly select small group of first publications about the east coast of Australia. Beddie lists just four institutional holdings in Australia. Provenance: Commander Ingleton, with his bookplate and shelfmark. Some browning and offsetting, affecting the title and a few other leaves.

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        Traité de l'aimant et de ses usages. Histoire naturelle des minéraux. Tome V.

      first edition of this treatise, which appeared as a result of which 4 volumes editorial successive dates from 1782 for the first volume to 1788 for the last case the Treaty of the magnet, which therefore often lacks series.Bound in red full morocco contemporary. Back to ornate nerves. Part of title and volume number in black leather. Triple mentoring net on the boards. Roll on turns and interior. gilt edges. Dominoté paper to gold stars. Rubbed corners.Very nice copy, perfectly connected in a master binding, and exquisitely fresh. De l'imprimerie des Bâtiments du roi à Paris 1788 in-4 (20x25,5cm) vij (1) 208, 368p. relié

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        De la monarchie prussienne sous Frédéric le Grand, avec un appendice contenant des recherches sur la situation actuelle des principales contrées de l'Allemagne.

      Londres, 1788. ____ Première édition. De format in-4, elle est considérée comme l'édition originale. Il existe à la même date une édition de format in-8. Oeuvre maîtresse de Mirabeau, ce grand "reportage" traite de l'organisation militaire de la Prusse, de sa législation, de son administration et de son économie. "Contient un certain nombre de considérations sur la population. Elles situent leur auteur dans le prolongement direct des physiocrates, l'originalité de sa pensée résidant moins dans une théorie générale, quasiment inexistante, que dans la critique farouche des moyens, sinon des fins du "populationnisme". Outre ces considérations et des données statistiques sur les habitants de la Prusse, on trouve dans les autres volumes des renseignements d'ordre économico-politique. Dans les derniers volumes, situation économique et politique de quelques-uns des principaux Etats de l'Allemagne (Saxe, Bavière...)." INED 3190. L'atlas est composé de 10 cartes sur double-page dessinées par Mentelle et gravées par Tardieu et de 93 planches de tactique, et 70 feuillets de tableaux statistiques et économiques (certains sont déjà présents dans les volumes de texte). La reliure de l'atlas est usée avec manque aux coiffes, auréole d'humidité. Portrait gravé et 57 tableaux dans les volumes de texte dont la reliure est très décorative. Exemplaire COMPLET de tous ces tableaux, cartes et planches. *****. 4 volumes in-4 [253 x 194 mm] et un atlas in-folio. [380 x 252 mm] Collation : portrait, (12), XLIV, 522 pp., 6 tabl. / (4), 566, (6) pp., 35 tabl. / (4), 718, 2 tabl., 1 pl. / (4), 560, (4) p., 13 tabl. / (8) pp., 10 cartes, 93 pl., 70 tabl. Veau marbré, dos à nerfs orné, étiquettes de titre rouge et de tomaison verte, tranches mouchetées, reliure de l'époque et demi-basane, dos à nerfs reliure de l'époque différente pour l'atlas.

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        Recherches Historiques et Politiques sur les Etats-Unis de l'Amérique Septentrionale où l'on traite des établissements des treize colonies & de leurs dissensions avec la Grande Bretagne, de leurs gouvernements avant et après la révolution, &c. Par un Citoyen de Virginie. Avec quatre Lettres d'un Bourgeois de New-Heaven (sic) sur l'unité de la législation.

      Froullé. First edition.Fawn Empire-style marbled sheep. Spine richly gilt with Greek key motifs, roulettes and numerous horn-shaped tools. Title- and volume- labels in lighter sheep. Covers with frame of roulettes. A few corners rubbed. Tear to headpiece of volume 3.  This work was originally conceived as a response to Raynal's Political and Philosophical History and therefore a number of its pages are devoted to picking over and critiquing that work. The present work is undoubtedly one of the most important on the history of the young United States, and discusses the War of Independence, the history of the Colonies, law, the Quakers, the climate, labor conditions, slavery, and son on.Filippo Mazzei was an Italian doctor and horticulturalist who came to Virginia in 1773 in order to introduce the cultivation of orchards (olives, vines, fruit) to America. A neighbor of Thomas Jefferson's, the two became friends and the help and advice he gave Mazzei played no small role in the compilation of this work. Mazzei was a supporter of independence and was tasked with raising funds in Europe to help Virginia. He later left the United States to work in Eastern Europe.The work also includes, among others, the Reflexions rédigées à l'occasion du Mémoire sur la manière dont la France l'Espagne doivent envisager les suites de la querelle entre la Grande-Bretagne etses Colonies [Certain gleanings from Memory on the way in which France and Spain should consider the repercussions of the quarrel between Great Britain and her Colonies] (volume 3, pages 217-282), by A.R.J. Turgot, which appeared here for the first time, and in which Turgot predicted the independence of the colonies. The Lettres d'un bourgeois [Letters of a citizen] are by Condorcet.  Froullé Colle (Toscane) & Paris 1788 in-8 (13x20cm) (4) xvi 384pp., (4) 259pp. (1), (4) 292pp., (4) 366pp. 4 volumes reliés

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        Memoirs of Great Britain and Ireland... Volume Second.

      London: W. Stahan and T. Cadell, 1788. Quarto, engraved vignette on title-page; an attractive untrimmed copy in the original boards. An unusual survivor: Dalrymple's "Memoirs" was originally published as a two-volume set in 1771-3, but this so-called "Volume Second" did not appear until 1788, and seems to be very rare indeed (only very occasionally do library catalogues list all three volumes of the work, and we can find no record of a three volume set being offered for sale: it would seem that this additional volume, as is often the case with continuations published many years after the original work, was not often reunited with the original work).As a result, this single volume represents an unusual opportunity to complete Dalrymple's work, and is of particular significance as it prints a fascinating and little known account of detailed 1779 plan for an "intended expedition into the South Seas". As two important and lengthy appendices in this work make clear, Sir John Dalrymple (1726-1810) had been the prime-mover in a plan discussed in Scotland and considered at the highest levels of government, to surprise the Spanish by rounding the Cape of Good Hope, before establishing a base in New Holland or New Zealand with which to harass Spanish ships, in the style of earlier privateers such as Anson.Spain had entered the war between England and France in mid-1779, and several plans were discussed about attacking them in the South Seas. The first one to be seriously considered was this one by Dalrymple, one of the Barons of the Scottish Exchequer, who suggested a privateering voyage in the Elizabethan style that should either sail from the Cape of Good Hope and New Zealand, or from India via the south of New Holland, to make surprise raids on Spanish settlements in South America. Lord Germain, Secretary of State for America was initially enthusiastic, but the plan was eventually rejected in favour of a more overtly military plan, as proposed by William Fullarton (see Alan Frost, Arthur Phillip, p. 106). The most tantalising aspect of Dalrymple's proposal was that he discussed and refined his plan in conversation with none other than Sir Joseph Banks.A reasonably prolific essayist, the Memoirs was Dalrymple's most significant work, first appearing in 1771. The first volume traced British history from the dissolution of Parliament in 1640 through to the sea battle of La Hogue in 1692. Two years later he added an enormous appendix, the form in which most copies are seen. Only in 1788 was this belated "second" volume added, continuing the history until the capture of the Spanish Fleet at Vigo in 1702, but the quarto edition is almost never seen complete in three volumes. Of course, it was only in this belated 1788 volume that Dalrymple was able to include the two important appendices on the South Seas, and it was evidently in order to be able to issue the work as a complete, coherent and revised edition, that this 1790 edition was prepared.Ferguson was clearly baffled by the bibliography of this book, not being aware of the London-published 1788 "second" volume, but noting a copy of the Dublin piracy of this volume only in the National Library of Australia (Ferguson, 31). He also recorded the existence of this complete 1790 edition via a copy in the British Museum noted by the early bibliographer Lowndes (Ferguson, 78, "not seen"). Exact details of which Australian libraries hold which edition are difficult to confirm, due both to the confused publishing history and the proliferation of electronic records. Spine rather worn but sound.

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        Theory of the Earth; or an Investigation of the Laws in the Composition, Dissolution, and Restoration of Land upon the Globe.

      Edinburgh: J. Dickson, 1788. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. In: Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 1 (1788), pp. 210-304 [2], including 2 engraved plates and extra leaf of plate explanation bound after. Edinburgh: J. Dickson, 1788. 4to (265 x 210 mm). Entire volume: xii, 100, 1-304 [2] 305-336, 1-209 [3] pp., general title with engraved vignette, final errata leaf and 4 engraved plates. Text only very little browned, occasonal slight foxing (mainly to first leaves, the Hutton paper only little affected). Contemporary tree calf, gilt red morocco spine label (hinges cracked but firm, volume label gone, extremities rubbed). [Joined]: Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 2 (1790), viii, [2], 80, 244, 267 [1] pp., 1 folding letterpress table and 9 engraved plates (7 folding); Vol. 3 (1794), vii [1], 148, 279 [1], 162 [2] pp., 22 engraved plate (14 folding); and Vol. 4 (1798), vii [1], 39 [1], 87 [1], 222, 121 [3] pp., 12 engraved plates (7 folding). All contemporarily bound in tree calf with gilt-lettered red morocco labels and blue-sprinkled edges. With errata leaf to each volume, but bound without general half titles. Very little browning to text, occasional minor foxing. Provenance: James Whatman (armorial bookplate to front pastedowns); The library of Hugh Selbourne (small ink stamp to titles verso and p.51). A fine set in uniform contemporary binding, printed on strong paper. Completely unrestored, unstained and unmarked. ----Dibner 93; Sparrow 107; Norman 1130 (offprint); PMM 247 (note); ESTC T145935, T145936, T145937, T153067; Challinor 40; Ward & Carozzi 1161. - FIRST PUBLICATION OF HUTTON'S FAMOUS PAPER NOW REGARDED AS THE FOUNDATION OF MODERN GEOLOGY. Hutton's paper was expanded into a three-volume work, Theory of the Earth in 1795, published shortly before his death. His fundamental conception - now accepted as a matter of course, but then entirely new - was the doctrine of uniformitarianism. The formation of the surface of the earth is one continuous process which can be studied entirely from terrestrial materials without cosmological or supernatural intervention (PMM). The paper is divided into four parts: the first demonstrates that the Earth is a unique creation by a divine Creator consisting of core, water, crust and air, all of which in turn are governed by basic powers such as centrifugal forces, light, heat, cold and condensation, all of which keep the Earth in balance; part II deals with the consolidation of strata, refuting the theory of aqueous solution and crystallization, substituting heat and fusion as the relevant processes; the third part investigates land production above sea level, demonstrating subterranean heat is universal and sufficient to achieve uplift; and finally, Hutton rejects catastrophism, and embraces a uniformitarian view whereby processes observable in the present have always been at work in the past, and will continue to do so in the future. "It firmly established the conception of the geological cycle and insisted on the length of geological time." (Challinor p.69). A few other important papers by Hutton are contained in the other volumes of the Transactions. One of the more important is his 'Observations on granite' (presented to members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and published in vol. III of the Transactions in 1794), in which he shares his views on the origin of igneous rocks. "During his field work, Hutton was able to find unequivocal evidence to show that molten granite had invaded the surrounding stratified rock, that is to say it was intrusive igneous rock of younger age than the country rocks. This represents the first demonstration of the class of rocks that we now refer to as intrusive igneous rocks" (M. Brown & P. M. Piccoli, The Origin of Granites and related Rocks, Abstracts Third Hutton Symposium, 1995, p. 1). Very Good.

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        Beschryving van de Pelew Eilanden .Rotterdam, Gerard Abraham Arrenberg, 1789. 4to. With 8 plates: 4 mixed technique (partly stipple-engraved) portraits, 1 large folding engraved map of the Palau Islands and western equatorial Pacific, and 3 folding engraved views. Contemporary boards.

      - Cat. NHSM p. 233; Cox II, p. 302; not in Tiele, Bibl. First Dutch translation of one of the most popular 18th-century books on the Pacific, and the main source of early knowledge of the Pelew or Palau Islands in Micronesia, first published in London as An account of the Pelew Islands (1788). In 1773, the Antelope under command of Captain Henry Wilson was shipwrecked near one of the Palau Islands, a previously unexplored group. The crew managed to reach shore, where they were well treated by the natives. They built a small boat from the wreck, in which they reached Macao. They took Lee Boo, the son of Abba Thulle, King of the Palau Islands, with them to England where he made a very good impression. Unfortunately, he soon died of smallpox. The map covers from the equator to 24°N latitude and from 110 to 159°E longitude (from Borneo and the south coast of China in the west to the western Caroline Islands). With a minor stain in the front endpapers, slightly affecting the margin of the first portrait, but not approaching the image. The publisher's letterpress spine label was probably printed on the otherwise blank 2Z4, which has therefore been removed. Fine untrimmed copy with many bolts unopened. Binding rubbed and spine-label torn.

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        Libri quatuor de Imitatione Christi

      S.n. [Pierre-François Didot]. Sumptuous edition printed on wove paper by Pierre-François Didot, decorated with a portrait of the Child Jesus engraved in intaglio by Klauber.Binding slightly later (1800) in full fair calf. Back with five false nerves decorated with double gilded boxes and nets, and irons anchor, a red morocco title piece and green morocco editor. Large golden floral lace coaching contreplats. Lace in the Greek coaching contreplats. All edges gilt.Two damaged corners, lower joint destroyed by worms.Beautiful copy wide-margined, elegantly set in a stylish binding. S.n. [Pierre-François Didot] Paris 1788 grand in-4 (24,5x32,5cm) (3f.) 338pp. relié

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        The works in eleven volumes. To the first volume is prefixed The life of the author, by Andrew Kippis. Bände 1-6 und 8-11 (von 11).

      London J Johnson 1788 - Ca. 420 bis 680 S. je Band. Gr.-8° (22,5 x 15 cm). Leder der Zeit mit Rückenschild, alle Deckel mit goldgeprägtem Supralibros. Erste Gesamtausgabe, "containing credibility of the gospel history; Jewish and heathen testimonies; history of heretics, and his sermons and tracts; with general chronological tables, and copious indexes" (Untertitel). - Der englische Theologe Lardner (1684-1768) ist vor allem für sein Hauptwerk "The credibility of the gospel history" bekannt, Alexander Gordon urteilt: "Of greatest value is his vast and careful collection of critically appraised materials for determining the date and authorship of New Testament books. Here he remains unrivalled. He may justly be regarded as the founder of the modern school of critical research in the field of early Christian literature, and he is still the leading authority on the conservative side" (DNB XXXII, 149). - Der Reihe fehlt leider Band 7 (enthält: "Jewish testimonies" und "Testimonies of ancient heathen authors", Kapitel 1-16). - Leicht gebräunt, etwas angestaubt, stellenweise stockfleckig, Band V fast durchgehend mit kleinem Fleck in der unteren Ecke, die Vorsätze mit Leimschatten in den Rändern, Band II ohne vorderen Vorsatz. Die Einbände berieben und bestoßen, wenige Kapitale leicht lädiert, die Gelenke wie üblich teils etwas rissig und brüchig, aber alle noch fest. Aus der schottischen "Signet Library" (in der "List of subscribers" auch aufgeführt), alle Titel mit handschriftlichem Besitzvermerk am Bund, die vorderen Innendeckel mit Signaturvermerken, alle Deckel mit dem goldgeprägten Supralibros. Bis auf den fehlenden Band gutes Exemplar der seltenen Ausgabe. - Lacks volume 7, otherwise complete. Moderate foxing and browning, some dust traces, lower corner of volume V with small stain, end papers with browning along the edges. Bindings somewhat rubbed and bumped, some hinges a bit weak as usual, but all boards still firmly attached. "Signet Library" copy with manuscript owner's entry on all title pages, signature markings on front inner hinge and supralibros in gold on all boards. *Lowndes 1312. Gewicht (Gramm): 9000

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        Autograph letter, signed, revealing his work for deaf mutes to a critic].[Paris], 20th June 1825[?]. 1 leaf (20 x 12.6 cm). In French.

      - For the author: NBG XLI, cols. 968-975. Autograph letter by the French sinologist and physician Jean Pierre Abel-Rémusat (1788-1832), member of Conseil de Perfectionnement des Sourds et Muets ("Counsel for the Development of the deaf mutes") since 1824. In the letter Abel-Rémusat humbly reveals his work to a critic "Monsieur le Duc": ''J'ai peur qu'il ne vous en paraisse peu digne. Si vous daignez y jeter les yeux, vous saisirez aisément quelques uns de ces traits d'analogie qui m'ont fait trouver tant d'intérêt dans la développement de l'esprit des sourds-muets.''With biographical notes in manuscript in red ink at top of leaf. Right edge of leaf cut short, slightly affecting text. In very fine condition.

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        The History of Edinburgh, From the Earliest Accounts to the Present Time. To which is Added an Appendix containing I. A Dissertation on Scottish Music; II. An Account of Remarkable Funeral Processions; III. A Comparative View of the Modes of Living Manners Literature Trade and Improvements of the City, from 1763 to the present

      Edinburgh: William Creech, 1788. Second edition. Hardcover. Good +. Half leather binding with marbled boards, 5 raised bands and gilt tiles on spine. Approx. 10.75'' by 8.8''. Second edition with the sought after copper engraved plates, which are absent from later editions. Edgewear to corners and spine. Xii + 677pp, illustrated with twenty engravings of public buildings, views and plan (frontis, several folding plates). Contents I. An Historical Account of the Revolutions in Scotland from 1093; II The Manners - Learning - Trade - Religion - Prices of Provisions - Discovery of Coal - Public Amusements etc.; III Progress and Present State of the City of Edinburgh.; IV Public Buildings and Establishments etc.; V An Account of the University and Other Seminaries of Learning, and Literary Societies.; VI Legislative and Judicative Assemblies with an Account of their Juristrictions.; VII Political and Military Constituion - Charitable Institutions - Revenue.; VIII An Account of Leith, its trade, Shipping, Manufactures, etc. To which is Added an Appendix containing I. A Dissertation on Scottish Music; II. An Account of Remarkable Funeral Processions; III. A Comparative View of the Modes of Living Manners Literature Trade and Improvements of the City, from 1763 to the present period, etc., etc., etc. Generally very good, but some chipping, tears, marks to plates, a couple of plate have parts missing from the edges (see pictures), previous owners name on front endpapers. Ex reference library with number on spine and within, pictorial & dedication bookplate at front, single stamp on endpapers, first and last page and reverse of all plates. Blind stamp on title page. No other obvious library markings, the inner book is generally in very good + clean condition. ***Heavy and will require extra overseas postage***

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        Dissertation sur cette question : est-il des moyens de rendre les Juifs plus heureux et plus utiles en France ? Ouvrage couronné par la Société Royale des Sciences et des Arts de Metz.

      - Paris, Knapen fils, Madame la Veuve Delaguette et fils, 1788. In-8, broché, couverture papier bleu d'origine, (4), 105 p., (3) p. d'approbation, (4) p. de catalogue éditeur. Rare édition originale, et unique, de ce mémoire composé en réponse au concours organisé par la Société royale des Sciences et des Arts de Metz ; des dix dissertations qui furent présentées, celui-ci est "le plaidoyer le plus généreux en faveur de l’émancipation". La société messine accorda un prix à trois mémoires reçus : celui de l’abbé Grégoire ('Essai sur la régénération physique, morale et politique des Juifs'), celui de Zalkind Hourwitz ('Apologie des Juifs') et cet essai de l’avocat protestant nancéien Claude-Antoine Thiery. Composé avec la participation de Berr Isaac Beer, le dirigeant de la communauté juive alsacienne, Thiéry y fait entendre un son de voix singulier: "Préférant voir les Juifs rester Juifs plutôt que de devenir ni Juifs ni chrétiens, il n’était pas hostile au maintien provisoire de l’autonomie et souhaitait employer envers les Juifs 'la confiance qui invite, plutôt que l’autorité qui commande'. Sans doute, cela était dû au fait que le laïc Thiéry ne partageait pas la vision paulinienne d’une conversion finale des Juifs, qui guidait l’action de Grégoire" (cf. P. Girard, 'Le concours de Metz' in: 'Juifs de France, 1789 à 1860', Paris, 1976, p. 36-39). L’exemplaire est bien complet, à la fin, des 4 pages de catalogue "pour les livres nouveaux qui se trouvent à Paris chez Knapen fils et la veuve Delaguette". (Ayoun, 'Les Juifs de France', n°217. Szajkowski, 'Franco-Judaica', 1646). Quelques rousseurs et brunissures. Couverture lég. frottée, rousseurs. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]

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        The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788. To deliberate and decide on the Form of Federal Government recommended by the General Convention at Philadelphia, on the 17th September, 1787. Taken in short hand

      New York: Francis Childs 1788 - First edition. This rare volume documents Alexander Hamilton’s heroic efforts to secure New York’s ratification of the Constitution. In September 1787 the General Convention in Philadelphia sent the proposed Constitution to the states for ratification. One of the most contentious battlegrounds was New York. Without its ratification the new nation would be crippled from the outset. Alexander Hamilton, leader of the New York Federalists, laid the groundwork for his campaign by publishing a series of Federalist papers in newspapers beginning in October 1787. But by June 1788 he saw that the effort was in trouble. Hamilton wrote to James Madison, “the more I can penetrate the views of the anti-federal party in this state, the more I dread the consequences of the non adoption of the Constitution by any of the other states, the more I fear an eventual disunion and civil war.” When the New York convention commenced that month, ratification was in jeopardy: Anti-Federalist delegates out-numbered Federalists 47 to 20. An experienced and eloquent courtroom advocate, Hamilton marshaled every argument available to the Federalists. In these speeches Hamilton presents in detail the central themes of the debate: balance of powers, federalism, the bicameral legislature, representation and apportionment, the power of the executive, defense, and so on. This rare volume presents many of the speeches of Hamilton, John Jay and other Federalists, as well as those of George Clinton and the other anti-Federalists. REVISED BY HAMILTON FOR PUBLICATION. “From a letter in the Lamb papers (NYHS) it appears probable that at least Hamilton, Jay and Lansing revised their speeches, though Francis Childs, the reporter, virtually in his preface says that no such revision took place.” (P.L. Ford, Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States). Thanks to Hamilton’s efforts, New York ratified the Constitution by a vote of 30-27. This rare volume represents a pivotal moment in the establishment of the new nation. VERY RARE. Only two other examples (the Streeter copy and a rebound copy with library stamps) appear in the auction records of the past century. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]

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